I recently “met” Cara. She emailed me about Calypso Swing, and we struck up a conversation. One thing led to another and I recieved a pile of fat quarters in the mail! The best part? She sent an extra set, to share with one of you!
Calypso Swing is the brain child of Mark Cesarik, and Free Spirit produced this line of fabric. Cara is Mark’s wife, and is the crafty, quilter blogger, sharing her projects with Mark’s fabric! I asked Mark a few questions so we could get to know him better :
Calypso Swing is your first foray into fabric, what made you decide to put your art onto fabric?
Calypso Swing is my first fabric collection with Free Spirit, however, I have been designing fabrics under the SewBettie Moniker for the last 4 years. My background is in Fine Art & Design and my wife is very big into quilting/crafting. I suppose it was just a perfect storm for creating our own independent fabric business, which obviously has led me to Calypso Swing.
Was there any particular inspiration to the line?
The foundation for me in this line were the colors. Obviously I had some sketches and ideas that I was working with but the cohesion of the line is formed by the colors and the mood. I wanted this line to be very happy and celebratory and I think the design elements fit with the colors quite well. There’s a lot of movement, a lot of “swing” so to speak. And obviously the name “calypso” comes from Greek Mythology.
What’s next? More fabric!?
My next fabric line from Free Spirit is called “Morning Tides.” I’m in love with this collection as well and I think you will see it sometime this spring. I will be at the Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City this May and hopefully will have quite a few finished products with both lines to show. This is my first Quilt Market and I can’t wait for the experience. Hopefully this will be the first of many!
What do you think? Want to win some fabric?
– Leave me a comment
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I will select a winner on Monday, February 21.